A salon chain that boasts a parrot in every branch is helping to raise the image of barbering.
Karen Waldron, proprietor of The Barber Shops, which numbers seven branches, hopes to take on another three salons over the next two years.
Ms Waldron, who opened her first ‘American Victorian’ style salon aged 22 in Wendover, launched her seventh outlet three months ago in Aylesbury, also in Buckinghamshire.
She hopes to open an eighth, possibly by the end of the year.
“I worked in a spit and sawdust barber when I was 17 and learned the trade from the old boys and Italians and realised there was a gap in the market,” she said.
The Olde worlde salons feature big gold mirrors, black and white prints on the walls, wooden effect flooring, and ceiling fans.
Ms Waldron installed her pet macaw, Sam, in the first shop and the moved proved so popular, each new barber shop now has its own bird.
She has trained all 35 staff personally and there is no pecking order.
A 17-year-old can earn as much as older staff.